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Can you put CBD oil in your eye?

CBD oil is now used as a treatment for a range of different conditions, from the management of pain to reducing inflammation and alleviating anxiety. When it comes to our eyes, it makes sense that we’re cautious about what we put into them. After all, especially if you already suffer from an eye condition, they can be very sensitive.

If you’re considering CBD oil for a condition related to your eyes, then you’re likely wondering if there is a solution suitable for use as eye drops. According to Project CBD, cannabidiol isn’t just suitable for use on the eyes; it may also be beneficial when it comes to managing both eye pressure and NOP, also known as neuropathic ocular pain.

CBD for ocular conditions and pain management 

It’s well-known and well-researched that CBD has an effect on the body, as a result of its interaction with our internal endocannabinoid system. Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t carry the same psychoactive properties, and instead acts specifically to reduce pain and inflammation, without the same side effects you’d expect from traditional ‘weed’.

For neuropathic pain, the usual prescription is NSAIDs and opioids, primarily when the peripheral pain is also related to spinal injuries and problems. But these medications can often carry serious side-effects, leading to a reduced quality of life. Cannabinoid therapies for pain management of ocular conditions have become increasingly common choices because they can be localised and result in fewer side effects overall.

Since the 1970s, it’s been suggested that THC-rich cannabis, when smoked, can have a positive effect on the pressure in the eye. This symptom of glaucoma can cause severe discomfort, and as studies suggest, CBD alone – either with or without THC – could prove useful as a solution to the pain and discomfort this condition causes.

So, can you put CBD oil in your eye? 

Technically, based on research in 2011*, cannabinoids may be a viable alternative to other medications when it comes to ocular conditions. As it can be localised, certain CBD oils could potentially be applied directly to the eye for highly targeted treatment. It’s essential to choose an option that’s suitable for use in the eye, however, as certain chemicals may cause irritation. 

Further study into CBD oil as eye drops for use with glaucoma patients is underway, suggesting that this unique anti-inflammatory is a viable choice for use in patients, even if the technology isn’t quite there yet to provide consistent results when it comes to eye drops that are as effective as consumed or inhaled CBD.